Karin Madisson

Karin Madisson



+372 6 400 934

Mob: +372 56 479 441
Fax: +372 6 400 901
E-mail: karin.madisson@sorainen.com
Office: Estonia

Practice areas:

Corporate, Employment, Investment Incentives, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Restructuring & Insolvency

Languages: Estonian, English, Finnish

Partner Karin Madisson has been practising law since 1996. Karin is co-head of our Corporate and M&A Practice Group in Estonia, which covers the Corporate, Employment, Investment Incentives, M&A, Private Equity and Privatisation Practice Areas.

Karin has played a key role in building Sorainen’s Corporate Practice Area in the Baltics and Belarus. She has been involved in establishing many companies across the Baltics, providing advice regarding SE (Societas Europaea), mandatory pension funds, insurance companies and bank branches. With extensive experience in advising share and asset deals, sell- and squeeze-outs, mergers (domestic and cross-border) and disputes between shareholders and directors, she has been involved in most of the complex corporate law cases on which Sorainen has advised.

Karin has long experience advising on employment matters, including dispute resolution, employer-employee negotiations, employee briefing and consulting processes plus making and ending employment contracts, establishing work procedures and bonus schemes, processing employee personal data and issues related to enterprise transfers and staff restructuring.

Karin has advised major clients in corporate reorganisation of their pan-Baltic operations, represented client interests in bankruptcy proceedings, protected creditors' interests in insolvent companies and assisted foreign bankruptcy trustees in international insolvency issues with an Estonian element. She acted as restructuring advisor in one of the very first proceedings based on Estonia’s 2008 Restructuring Act and has advised a number of European mergers under the European Union Cross-Border Mergers Directive.

Karin is a recommended practitioner in many international publications, including:

  • The Legal 500 for corporate and M&A practice;
  • Chambers Europe for corporate/commercial practice ("Peers say partner Karin Madisson often ‘stands out in corporate matters’.");
  • Chambers Global for corporate/commercial practice ("a great communicator and a strong general business consultant. She always tries to see the wider picture");
  • IFLR 1000 ranks her as a leading lawyer for financial and corporate law;
  • European Legal Experts for corporate and finance practices; and
  • Best Lawyers for corporate and M&A, corporate governance and compliance, labour and employment, insolvency and reorganisation practices in Estonia. Karin Madisson is also named as the Best Lawyers' 2016 Labour and Employment Law "Lawyer of the Year" and 2014 Corporate Governance & Compliance Practice "Lawyer of the Year" in Estonia.

In 2015, the Estonian Minister of Justice appointed Karin as a member of a lead group focusing on raising the competitiveness of the Estonian business environment. In the same year, Karin was awarded the title of the Lawyer of the Year by the Estonian Bar Association in the Bar/organisation category. The purpose of Bar awards is to acknowledge bar members’ high level of professional dedication and participation in Estonian public life, thus fostering a good image and high regard for the lawyer’s profession among the general public. In 2013, Karin was chosen to chair the new Commercial Law Committee of the Estonian Bar Association. She is also an alternate member of the Bar management board.

In 2017 Karin contributed to work at the Ministry of Justice. She was a member of the Ministry’s Insolvency Law Review Working Group, which provides legal and impact analyses and statistical data analysis for the purpose of drawing up draft legislation with an explanatory memorandum plus all relevant related materials. In addition, Karin is a member of the Ministry’s Company Law Review Committee, which guides and facilitates the work of the Company Law Review Working Group in drafting amendments to legislation.

Karin has published numerous articles on Baltic business and management magazines and newspapers. In 2014, Karin and other Sorainen colleagues, in cooperation with Äripäev, published the “Liability of management board members” handbook – a comprehensive overview of a board member’s rights, obligations and liability. She is also a highly acknowledged conference speaker. The topics of her master’s theses were "Protection of employees upon transfer of an enterprise" and "Duties and liabilities of company directors under German and Estonian law: a comparative analysis".



Institute of Law, Estonia (BA in Law)
University of Tartu, EuroCollege, Estonia (MA in European Studies)
Riga Graduate School of Law, Latvia (LLM in International and European Law, with merit)


Estonian Bar Association (Alternate Member of the Board, Chairwoman of the Commercial Law Committee)
International Bar Association


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